Pope Francis Appeals for Peace

Sunday Angelus

Pope Francis has called on Catholics throughout the world to join in a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the entire Mideast region, and throughout the whole world.  Join in prayer and fasting with Pope Francis next Saturday, September 7.Following is the message he sent, in Italian: And here is the text of the Sunday Angelus address, courtesy of Vatican Radio: Dear Brothers and Sisters,Hello!Today, dear brothers and sisters, I wish to make add my voice … [Read more...]

Church and State: Costa Rica’s and Switzerland’s Wildly Divergent Views

Our Lady of the Angels, a miraculous statue which can be seen in the Basilica in Cartago, Costa Rica

What role should religion play in the affairs of the State?Here in the United States, Thomas Jefferson first used the now-familiar phrase in an 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptist Association.  In that letter, Jefferson referenced the First Amendment to the United States Constitution when he wrote: "Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government … [Read more...]